Faculty: Arthur C. Benedict

Principal, Benedict Associates

Arthur Benedict is a communications consultant and speech writer/coach who teaches the public speaking course at Fels and management communication at Wharton. He was head of corporate communications for two global, chemical-pharmaceutical companies and has been writing speeches and helping leaders deliver them for over twenty years. As a consultant, he also works with individuals and organizations to help them deal with the media and public officials in crisis situations and has advised political candidates on their public statements. He holds a Masters degree from New York University.

Email: abenedic@wharton.upenn.edu

Courses Taught

Public Speaking (Fall 2015)

Fall 2015
Course Section: 
001
Monday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room
Full-Time
Executive

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Fall 2015)

Fall 2015
Course Section: 
002
Tuesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room
Full-Time
Executive

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Speech Writing (Spring 2015)

Spring 2015
Course Section: 
001
Monday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room

Leaders need to know how to express themselves with clarity and conviction—in a meeting with five people or in a public forum with five hundred. Whether you’re writing for yourself or someone else, this course will provide the basics of speech writing and give you the opportunity to write, revise, and deliver a variety of different speeches. You will also be given the opportunity to answer audience questions after your speeches.

The emphasis will be on preparing and giving longer speeches where a prepared text or speaking notes would be advisable. In this performance course, you will examine and learn from great speeches—from the classics down to the present. Your speeches will be videotaped and you will receive feedback from both the instructor as well as your peers.

Public Speaking (Spring 2015)

Spring 2015
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Summer 2014)

Summer 2014
Course Section: 
002
Monday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014
Course Section: 
002
Tuesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014
Course Section: 
001
Monday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Summer 2014)

Summer 2014
Course Section: 
900
Monday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Full-Time
Executive

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Public Speaking (Spring 2014)

Spring 2014
Course Section: 
001
Monday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room
Full-Time
Executive

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Speech Writing (Spring 2014)

Spring 2014
Course Section: 
001
Tuesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
Arthur C. Benedict
Fels Seminar Room
Full-Time
Executive

Leaders need to know how to express themselves with clarity and conviction—in a meeting with five people or in a public forum with five hundred. Whether you’re writing for yourself or someone else, this course will provide the basics of speech writing and give you the opportunity to write, revise, and deliver a variety of different speeches. You will also be given the opportunity to answer audience questions after your speeches.

The emphasis will be on preparing and giving longer speeches where a prepared text or speaking notes would be advisable. In this performance course, you will examine and learn from great speeches—from the classics down to the present. Your speeches will be videotaped and you will receive feedback from both the instructor as well as your peers.